Michael Ursem

Michael Ursem

As Business Development Manager for the Office of Technology Commercialization (OTC), Michael brings a wide range of technical knowledge and professional experience to facilitate constructive linkages between commercial interests and Purdue intellectual properties. In collaboration with his peers, Michael helps Inventors take prudent steps to secure their discoveries, establish workable agreements with business partners, and provide startups with the support they need to take their first steps.

Michael is a former senior engineer and project manager for Saint-Gobain and Owens-Illinois with 10+ years of experience in industrial process design, advanced manufacturing, automated controls, and systems architecture. In addition, Michael is the former Manager of Strategic Planning for Southern California Edison (SCE) where he conducted economic, market and technical analysis to inform the formation of mid to long-term capital and policy plans. While at SCE Michael’s staff administered a process that resulted in the establishment of managed-risk launch plans for several dozen new programs, products and services across a wide range of delivery channels and market segments. Prior to joining PRF Michael was also Purdue’s Assistant Director of University Sustainability and the director of an energy consultancy in Indianapolis.

A Professional Engineer who earned a Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Toledo in 1997 and a Masters of Business Administration from Purdue in 2006, Michael resides with his wife and three children in West Lafayette where he enjoys cycling, gardening and experimenting with new food and flavors. Michael really enjoys teaching his kids an appreciation for nature and is also a licensed Private Pilot.

  • What is one invention that you just couldn't live without? Bean bags.  Who wants to sit on the floor anyways?
  • How would you explain thunder and lightening to a frightened child?  Don't be afraid, it's just Mother Nature rearranging her furniture again.
  • If you could take one invention back in time to show off, what would it be, and to what time period would you take it?  I would land a bi-plane in Archimedes' olive garden in 250 B.C. and ask him if he could imagine the impact his insights would have on science and technology thousands of years later.
  • Other than safety and fuel efficiency, what is one aspect that you will not compromise on when searching for a new car?  Comfortable seats.
OTC Title: 
Business Development Manager

Contact Information: 
Michael Ursem

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